|Número de publicación||US7225761 B2|
|Tipo de publicación||Concesión|
|Número de solicitud||US 10/973,325|
|Fecha de publicación||5 Jun 2007|
|Fecha de presentación||26 Oct 2004|
|Fecha de prioridad||27 Oct 2003|
|También publicado como||US20050087150|
|Número de publicación||10973325, 973325, US 7225761 B2, US 7225761B2, US-B2-7225761, US7225761 B2, US7225761B2|
|Inventores||Susan C. Reilly|
|Cesionario original||Reilly Susan C|
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|Citas de patentes (20), Citada por (6), Clasificaciones (11), Eventos legales (6)|
|Enlaces externos: USPTO, Cesión de USPTO, Espacenet|
This application claims priority under 35 U.S.C. §119(e) based on U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 60/514,570, filed Oct. 27, 2003, the entire disclosure of which is hereby incorporated by reference as if set forth fully herein.
1. Field of the Invention
The invention relates to the field of pet products. In particular the invention relates to an information holding device for use with pets.
2. Description of the Related Technology
Responsible owners of pets, and particularly those pets that are likely to stray outdoors, will typically want to provide some form of identification carried by the pet that identifies the name and address of the pet and/or pet's owner. Typically this information is placed on the pet's collar in a permanent fashion with a hanging tag. In the event that the tag falls off the collar and is lost, which frequently occurs, the tag is rendered useless. Furthermore, in the event the pet and/or pet owner's address or information changes the hanging tag becomes useless, as it is usually impractical to alter.
In the past, some pet collars have been developed in order to counter this problem. U.S. Pat. No. 4,137,660 to Dettmann et al. discloses a pet collar with a tag holder. Identification information is placed under a transparent plastic window that is lifted in order to place the identification information underneath. Although able to change identification information on the collar itself, an owner is not able to transfer that information to another collar unless that collar is similarly equipped.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,178,879 to Cunningham also discloses a collar with a transparent window. The identification information is slid underneath a transparent plastic window on the collar. Although able to change identification information, an owner is not able to place to the information on any available collar.
Therefore, there exists a need for providing a dog collar with the ability to change identification information on the collar along with the capability of being able to transfer existing identification information to different collars.
Accordingly, it is an object of the invention to provide an information article holding device that is capable of having the information article be replaced.
According to a first aspect of the invention an information article holding device is disclosed having holding structure for holding an information article, an attachment member for attaching the holding structure, and structure for replacing the information article while the holding structure is attached.
According to a second aspect of the invention, a collar is disclosed having holding structure for holding an information article and a securing member enabled to close and open the holding structure.
According to a third aspect of the invention, an information article holding device is disclosed having holding structure for holding an information article, a securing member enabled to close and open the holding structure, wherein the securing member further attaches the holding structure to a collar.
According to a fourth aspect of the invention, an information article holding device is disclosed having attachment structure for removably placing a holding device on a collar, viewing structure for viewing an information article and replacement structure for replacing the information article in the holding device while the holding device is attached to the collar.
According to a fifth aspect of the invention, a method for changing an information tag is disclosed having the steps of placing a first information article in a holding device, attaching the holding device to a collar, and replacing the first information article with a second information article within the holding device.
These and various other advantages and features of novelty that characterize the invention are pointed out with particularity in the claims annexed hereto and forming a part hereof. However, for a better understanding of the invention, its advantages, and the objects obtained by its use, reference should be made to the drawings which form a further part hereof, and to the accompanying descriptive matter, in which there is illustrated and described a preferred embodiment of the invention.
Referring now to the drawings, wherein like reference numerals designate corresponding structure throughout the views, and referring now to
It is also possible to not have window 14 and simply have any identification information be retained by frame 12 within holding device 10. When window 14 is not present it is preferable that information article 40 is constructed of a durable material such as plastic, metal, or a hard ceramic material in order to prevent damage to information article 40.
Side portion 18 forms the sides of holding member 10 and has a slot 22 formed on a side of the holding member. Side portion 18 also has axle 24 which functions with rotation member 32 in order to move securing member 15 from an open position to a closed position. As is clearly shown in the drawings, side portion 18 and axle 24 are characterized by rounded edges that decreases chaffing and discomfort of the pet.
Securing member 15 functions to secure information article 40 within holding device 10. Frame 12 forms part of securing member 15. Rotation member 32 rotates around axle 24 and moves securing member 15 from an open position to a closed position. Securing member 15 functions like a door with respect to holding device 10. When moving into a closed position, the structural configuration of snap portion 28 and clasping portion 26 act together to maintain securing member 15 in a closed position. Clasping portion 26 fits the contours of side portions 18 and with side portions 18 guides securing member 15 to its proper location in the closed position. Snap portion 28 engages snap engagement portion 34, shown in
When an information article 40 needs to be replaced, securing member 15 is moved to its open position and the information article 40 that need to be replaced is removed from holding device 10. A new information article 40 is then placed within holding device 10 and securing member 15 is then returned to its closed position and snapped shut. The process of placing a new information article 40 within holding device 10 can be accomplished while collar 20 is still being worn.
Although back portion 16 is shown being attached via pivot members 17 to rear wall 19 and being snapped into place using snap member 23 and snap engagement portion 21, it is to be understood that alternative means for securing back portion 16 to rear wall 19 may be used. Back portion 16 may be attached by a hinge member to rear wall 19, or another means for attachment that permits opening and closing of back portion 16, such as utilizing axle 24 and having a separate rotating member. It is also possible to secure back portion 16 to rear wall 19 using magnets, hooks, or adhesive materials, such as hook and loop material. This removable attachment means enables one to replace a holding device 10 without removing or replacing the collar 20.
In an alternative embodiment, holding device 10 may also be manufactured as an integral part of collar 20. When manufactured as part of collar 20, having back portion 16, snap engagement portions 21, and snap members 23 is optional. In an embodiment where holding device 10 is integral with collar 20, rear wall 19 may be optionally formed as part of collar 20, while securing member 15 will function in the same manner as described above.
Information article 40, as well as holding device 10, may be constructed to glow in the dark by being made with luminescent material. Holding device 10 or information article 40 may also have a small energy source and lighting device in order to provide light for ease of reading the information. Alternative embodiments may also have sound chips embedded in either holding device 10 or information article 40 in order to make sounds, play music, or have pre-recorded messages providing information about the animal. Ornamentation, such as designs, decorations, bells, etc. and various coloring are also possible for either holding device 10 or information article 40.
Slot-blocking member 30 can be constructed so that it is made of flexible plastic. When an information article 40 needs to be placed within holding device 10, slot-blocking member 30 may be pushed towards the interior of holding device 10. After pushing information article 40 entirely within holding device 10, slot-blocking member 30 will then return to its original position.
It is also possible to have slot-blocking member 30 hingedly attached to frame 12 in order to facilitate insertion and replacement of an information article. In this scenario slot-blocking member 30 can be moved in a direction away from blocking side slot 22 to permit the insertion of an information article 40.
A second embodiment of holding device 10 will now be described below in reference to
The second embodiment has the advantage of using fewer parts to accomplish the same results of attaching and securing holding device 10 to a collar 20. In the second embodiment securing member 15 acts as both the means for attaching holding device 10 to collar 20 and for securing information article 40 in holding device 10.
Securing member 15 functions to secure information article 40 within holding device 10 as well as attach holding device 10 to collar 20. Back portion 13 forms part of securing member 15 and when attached to collar 20, the surface of back portion 13 that is on the interior abuts collar 20. Rotation member 32 rotates around axle 24 and moves securing member 15 from an open position to a closed position. When moving into a closed position, snap portion 28 and clasping portion 26 act together to maintain securing member 15 in a closed position as well as firmly attaching holding device 10 to collar 20. Clasping portion 26 fits the contours of side portions 18 and with side portions 18 guides securing member 15 to its proper location in the closed position. Snap portion 28 engages snap engagement portion 34, shown in
When an information article 40 needs to be replaced, slot-blocking member 30 is moved to its non slot-blocking position and the information article 40 that need to be replaced is removed from holding device 10. A new information article 40 is then placed within holding device 10 and slot-blocking member 30 is then returned to its closed position. The process of placing a new information article 40 within holding device 10 can be accomplished while collar 20 is still being worn.
It is to be understood, however, that even though numerous characteristics and advantages of the present invention have been set forth in the foregoing description, together with details of the structure and function of the invention, the disclosure is illustrative only, and changes may be made in detail, especially in matters of shape, size and arrangement of parts within the principles of the invention to the full extent indicated by the broad general meaning of the terms in which the appended claims are expressed.
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|Clasificación de EE.UU.||119/858, 40/633, 40/640, 40/303, 40/302, D30/155, 40/649|
|Clasificación internacional||G09F3/00, A01K27/00|
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